50 km of pipeline to Kangaroo Island

An additional supply of drinking water arrives at Kangaroo Island, with the delivery and installation of 50 km of pipes to connect four communities to a new desalination plant.

Installation began on the 50 km underground pipeline to connect communities on Kangaroo Island to a new seawater desalination plant in Penneshaw.

SA Water said the first stage of construction of the pipeline between Penneshaw and Pelican Lagoon has already started and will continue over the next few months, with regular deliveries of the 375mm diameter pipe underway by ferry from the mainland.

Stage 2 is expected to begin in early 2022 and will include the design and development of the stretching section of the Middle River Main.

Work on the new desalination plant is scheduled to begin in early 2022 at the corner of Hog bay Road and William Walkers Way in Penneshaw, about 500m from the existing facility which has supplied water since 1999.

Environment and Water Minister David Spear said the plant would complement the smaller existing Middle River Reservoir facility and provide additional climate independent drinking water for the island.

“A desalination plant on Kangaroo Island will dramatically increase water security, create up to 500 jobs and boost the region’s economy through better agricultural and tourism opportunities,” Speirs said.

The project will be jointly funded by the Federal and South Australian governments, with projected costs revised from $ 47.8 million to $ 64.9 million following increased community demand for a new water supply.

Spear said the project will not only increase water security, but also create up to 500 jobs and provide greater resistance to bushfires.

“Over 1,000 residents of American River, Baudin Beach, Island Beach and Sapphiretown will be able to connect to the SA Water network, gaining new access to a reliable supply of drinking water and an extra layer. resistance to bush fires, ”he said.

Subject to the required development and environmental approvals, the new desalination plant is expected to supply the first water by the end of 2022.

For more information, visit the SA Water website.

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